Marathon Struggle of Runner who Changed Athletics

Image result for kathrine switzer A runner who saw off furious race officials in 1967 to become the first woman to finish the Boston Marathon has repeated the feat 50 years after first completing the course. Kathrine Switzer, 70, became a hero of the women’s rights movement after she officially completed the all-male race. Registering as KV Switzer, her gender went unnoticed by officials at the starting line-up, but a few miles into the race she was attacked by an angry official who tried to pull her off the course – creating an enduring image of feminist history.

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